With the government’s roadmap out of lockdown looking to be going to plan, it’s safe to say that events, indoor and out, look to very much be going ahead this summer in the UK – HOORAH!
And one of the best places for one-off events, pop-ups, exhibitions and general goings-on is, of course, London. So without further ado, here are some of the best London summer events taking place across the capital this summer that you can book now and look forward to immediately.
London summer events 2021: Pop-ups
Teddy the Shetland at The Goring
16th – 31st August. Buy tickets here.
Hush Mayfair has collaborated with Luxardo, an Italian liqueur, to whisk Londoner’s away to Northern Italy. Expect a chic hidden Italian Piazza, a menu of spritz style refreshers and bright new takes on Italian classics.
From 5th July. Book here
Third Space Yoga and Brunch at Ham Yard Hotel
Ham Yard Hotel is hosting weekly summertime yoga sessions on the hotel’s leafy Roof Terrace in partnership with Third Space. The 45-minute Hatha Yoga session is followed by a healthy and hearty brunch in the Ham Yard Restaurant.
Every Saturday from 19 June – 28 August. Buy tickets here.
Neverland Fulham Beach
Can’t get away this summer? No worries, Neverland is bringing the beach vibes to London this summer, by way of ‘Fulham Beach’. Providing a sandy summer hotspot right in the middle of London, Fulham Beach is a multifaceted venue including an actual white sand beach, pop-up restaurants, bars, DJs and events including bottomless brunches, cocktail masterclasses, an outdoor cinema, yoga sessions and more.
Open now. Buy tickets here.
Between The Bridges
A 4000 square foot beer garden will be popping up on London’s South Bank this summer. Tucked between Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge, you’ll find multiple bars, street food, music, mini golf, Tejo, themed markets and Drag Brunches.
From 27 May. Buy tickets here.
Openaire Float-in Cinema by Häagen-Dazs
Droppnig their anchor at Merchant Square in Paddington this summer is an actual floating cinema that you watch on the water from your own personal rowing boat. There’s time before the movie starts to have a paddle around before mooring up, getting some snacks in (including, of course, some delicious Häagen-Dazs ice cream), drinking some sparkling wine in a can from BABE, the official wine partner of the event, and settling in to watch one of the blockbuster movies they have lined up (Rocketman, Pulp Fiction and Bridget Jones are some of the flicks on offer).
Various dates from 2 June. Buy tickets here.
The chicest coffee shop, WatchHouse, has teamed up with acclaimed chocolatiers Bare Bones in order to launch its very first chocolate bar, now available to purchase in the seven WatchHouse locations across London, including new opening, St. Mary Axe.
A Tel Avivian outdoor restaurant and multi experiential space, Chameleon London has been all over our Instagram feed since it opened earlier this summer and now it is opening nine beautifully styled greenhouses to the general public in September.
Pasta Evangelists #PrideInPasta Pop-Up
In lieu of a Pride parade this September, fresh pasta delivery service Pasta Evangelists are hosting #PrideInPasta masterclasses from 9 – 11 September. Learn to make pasta in all colours of the rainbow whilst enjoying unlimited prosecco and drag performances. All profits will be donated to LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall.
London summer events 2021: Exhibitions
Alice: Curiouser And Curiouser at The V&A
Welcome back arts and culture with a trip to the V&A’s most anticipated exhibition yet. ‘Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.’ A must-see for everyone.
From 22 May. Buy tickets here.
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
The immersive Van Gogh experience is coming to London, where you can quite literally step inside his paintings with a 360 degree 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacle and a VR ‘life in the day’ experience of the famous artist.
From August 2021 – February 2022. Buy tickets here.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms at The Tate Modern
One of the Japanese artist’s largest installations to date, these immersive installations at the Tate Modern transport you into Yayoi Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections. Tickets until October are sold out, but more will be released in September.
18 May 2021 – 12 June 2022. Buy tickets here.
London summer events 2021: Festivals
All Points East
Held in Victoria Park over the August bank holiday weekend, All Points East will play host to Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Jamie XX, Arlo Parks, Little Simz, Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, Celeste and loads more.
27 – 30 August. Buy tickets here.
Taste of London
The ultimate celebration of food and drink, taking over Regent’s Park over two weekends in July and August is Taste of London, where you’ll find the cities best restaurants and hottest chefs in pop-up form all in one place, alongside a Cook School, immersive masterclasses, inventive experiences (desserts with insect sprinkles, anyone?) and even a whisky vending machine. The only rule? Arrive hungry.
7 – 11 and 14 – 18 July. Buy tickets here.
Kaleidoscope Festival is a one-day music and comedy festival at Alexandra Park & Palace, this year featuring the sweet tunes of Groove Armada, The Coral and House Gospel Choir and laughs from Sophie Duker, Phil Wang and others.
24 July. Buy tickets here.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
We can’t think fo a more dramatic setting for a concert than Hampton Court Palace. This year’s world-class line-up includes Nile Rodgers & Chic, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.
13 – 24 August. Buy tickets here.
Taking place at Printworks, London, BREW//LDN 2021 brings together the industry’s finest innovations in independent brewing, cider production, spirits, snack stands and street food all under one roof. If you like all things beer, this will be the highlight of your summer.
29 – 31 July. Buy tickets here.